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July 30th, 2013

Mary Jo Hoffman

July 30, 2013

    Mary Jo Hoffman, 89, of Decatur, died Saturday at Meadowvale Health & Rehabilitation.
    Arrangements are pending at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.

Lenore M. Holtsberry

July 30, 2013

    Lenore M. (Lytle) Holtsberry, 99, of Decatur, died Sunday at Woodcrest Nursing Center.
    Arrangements are pending at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Decatur.

Trilby M. Jones

July 30, 2013

    Trilby M. Jones, 92, of Monroeville, died Monday at the Village of Heritage.
    Arrangements are pending at Zwick & Jahn Funeral Home, Jacobs Chapel, Monroeville.
 

Robert Orphal

July 30, 2013

    Robert "Wes" Orphal, 66, of Cape Coral, Fla., went home to be with the Lord on July 27, 2013, as he passed away at Hope Hospice.
    Wes was born in Lima, Ohio, on December 30, 1946, to the late Robert Gene and Marguerite (Hunt) Orphal of Wapakoneta, Ohio.
    He married Fran (Kehr) Orphal on September 30, 1983; she survives in Cape Coral.

Helen L. Ruggles

July 30, 2013

    Helen L. Ruggles, 87, of Noblesville, passed away Sunday, July 28, 2013, at home.
    Helen was born April 25, 1926, to the late John and Mary (Bernard) Kintz in Decatur.
    Helen worked 13 years as a surgery nurse at St. Johns Hospital in Anderson, Community Hospital, and Winona Hospital in Indianapolis. She was the first nurse hired at Community Hospital in 1962.

Court building security is eyed

July 30, 2013

    Tom Fox of the Adams County Probation Department came to the county commissioners' meeting on Monday with a request to put up a protective wall in his department to enhance security and confidentiality.
    The department is situated in the superior court building, the onetime city library.
    Fox said has gotten tentative estimates from Joe Schwartz and Dave Delong which suggest that the project would cost about $10,000.

Fort Wayne sets record cool high for July 28

July 30, 2013

    Unusually cool late-July weather continues in northeast Indiana and on Sunday, Fort Wayne established a record for the coldest high temperature recorded for July 28, according to the National Weather Service in northern Indiana.
    Sunday’s high temperature was 69 degrees, the weather service said, breaking the old record of 71 degrees set on July 28 in 1969 and 1925.
    The Decatur weather station recorded a high of 81 degrees on Sunday and an identical high on Monday.

Home detention terms given two defendants in superior court

July 30, 2013

    Renee A. Bombka, 51, Decatur, recently pleaded guilty in Adams Circuit Court to possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana, and possession of paraphernalia.
    She was sentenced by Judge Chad E. Kukelhan to two years in prison, with all but 180 days suspended, to be served on home detention.
    She was also given two years of probation, ordered to complete substance abuse counseling, and pay $863 in court costs and fees.

July 29th

GOP donor's school grade changed

July 29, 2013

By TOM LoBIANCO
Associated Press
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Former Indiana and current Florida schools chief Tony Bennett built his national star by promising to hold ‘‘failing’’ schools accountable. But when it appeared an Indianapolis charter school run by a prominent Republican donor might receive a poor grade, Bennett’s education team frantically overhauled his signature ‘‘A-F’’ school grading system to improve the school’s marks.

Review: Glitch had no effect on ISTEP scores

July 29, 2013

By RICK CALLAHAN
Associated Press
    INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — An outside review of online glitches that disrupted Indiana’s ISTEP testing this spring concludes those problems had no measurable negative impact on students’ scores, even though they affected nearly a third of the students who took the test.

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